Thomas -McGuinness-Obituary

First Officer Thomas McGuinness

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Two days before his senior prom, Tom F. McGuinness made a life-altering choice: he asked a young woman named Cheryl to be his date. It didn't give her a lot of time to prepare, but she agreed. "I got a dress and we went to the prom, and we stayed together ever since," Cheryl McGuinness said recently.

But then Mr. McGuinness, 42, was big on life-altering decisions. About a year and a half ago, he and his wife and children, Jennifer, 16, and Tommy, 14, decided to move back east, to Portsmouth, N.H., from California, in part so Mr. McGuinness could pursue better opportunities with American Airlines. He was the co-pilot on American Airlines Flight 11, which struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.

More significant, his wife said, was a decision he made eight years ago, while they were attending a small Bible study group. Mr. McGuinness had always been a religious man — the family attends a nondenominational Christian church — but hearing others talk about their relationship with God gave Mr. McGuinness a new perspective, and he found his faith intensifying.

That realization prompted a change in him, said his wife. "Our family strengthened, his relationship with the kids strengthened, our marriage strengthened. The way we showed love to one another deepened," she said. "It was the biggest blessing that I could have received."

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Never Forget!...R.I.P.

My sister Barbara Christine Jones graduation day at U Mass Amherst. As an RN..her dream career 1976

Hawker Vanderguard class photo American airlines 2013..Hawker is in the middle by the plaque

Mrs McGuiness..I enclosed 2 pictures..one is Hawker Vanderguard class photo from American Airlines graduation in 2013..the other is my sister Barbara Christine Jones..she became a RN that day!!..she was with captain Thomas today.captain Thomas and Barbara and betty and all our loved ones in heaven are watching over us..God bless you and your family Mrs McGuiness love Charlene Marie

Hi Cheryl,
I doubt that you remember me but I used to ride and occasionally teach Jennifer at Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center. I remember Tom from around the barn and at horse shows. He was always friendly and kind and invested in his kids. I am remembering your family today as I do every 9/11 and praying for all of you. Thank you for sharing Christ with others over the years with your book and speaking. I know it has made a difference for others who are suffering.

20 years....My prayers for your family on this day and for every day until you are reunited with them... God Bless

Dear Mrs McGuiness and family..Remembering captain Thomas on this memorial day.May 31 2021..thank you captain Thomas for your service to the United States of America military...your service to your country..your family and your career with American airlines will always be remembered..I do hope Mrs McGuiness you and the family have been well during this coronavirus pandemic..God bless you Mrs McGuiness and your entire family..be safe..love Charlene Marie Jones retired flight attendant with...

Hi Mrs McGuinness and your family..I hope this finds you and your family well...happy new year 2021....thinking about captain Thomas and this coronavirus panademic..wearing mask on the planes now...I did not ever think in my lifetime would I ever see that...please take care Mrs McGuinness..always feel free to contact me 617-369-2444 I have text too..my email has stayed the same [email protected] may 2021 be filled with God blessings for you and your family..love Charlene Marie Jones...

Dear Mrs McGuinness and your family...today is veteran's day November 11 2020..honoring and saluting captain Thomas on this day...I hope your family is well from this coronavirus panademic..stay well and safe..God bless you and your family Mrs McGuinness..love Charlene marie jones flight attendant american airlines BOS Logan international airport